A Striper for Papa

Being a 1950-60 striper addict with a beach buggy (and with 2016 ambulatory issues), the following essay is from a grandfather’s heart and from Bourne Oaks Retirement Community for older people with small dogs and a bingo habit. The community is 30 minutes from my Marion family – Steve, Dyan, Emma and Ben. Our son […] Read more »

So Your Pup is a Pill-Popper…

If there’s anything I’ve learned as an imperfect person living an imperfect life, and as an imperfect mother raising my imperfect son in an imperfect world full of other imperfect people, is to try not to judge others. Perfection in this physical dimension of linear time and space pretty much exists only as a concept. […] Read more »

The Mystical Raven

As a birdwatcher, have you ever seen a raven? Not as frequently sighted along Buzzards Bay, the raven is at least twice as big as the similar-looking common crow or fish crow, with a different sounding guttural croak, often seen high overhead while nesting in elevated trees or roosting on narrow ledges of rocky cliffs. […] Read more »

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (2012)

A writer needs a healthy combination of inspiration and imagination. For this writer, it is first and foremost inspiration because my imagination has never been one of flourish, color, texture and taste. Nor would I trust my imagination to weave such fantastic tales as those which real life can and will provide. But I can […] Read more »

Still Freezin’ for a Reason

Plunging into the frigid cold water in the wintertime might appear as a one-time-only item on the bucket list of some people, but there are actually people – some of them your own neighbors – who have made the annual Freezin’ for a Reason New Year’s Day Polar Plunge a yearly tradition. Take the Fagan […] Read more »

A New Normal

The term “new normal” didn’t hold much meaning for me until my full-speed busy schedule came to an abrupt halt due to an injury. My new normal is being able to attend to personal hygiene unassisted, getting in and out of a car from the passenger side unassisted, and lots of sitting, sitting, and more […] Read more »

A New Year for Environmental Recognition

As illustrated in my drawing, Native Americans, as a rule, recognized every living thing on Earth as sacred – even the smallest blade of grass. Consequently, they harvested from nature no more than needed for their own immediate use, and this conservation concept of ‘live and let live’ sets a fine example for us to […] Read more »

A Tri-Town Year in Review

Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester – three very different towns that have united as one Tri-Town – have passed through yet another year in time, with each community seeing its own issues emerge and enter the distinctive zeitgeists of their respective towns. As we pass from one year into the next, we at The Wanderer like […] Read more »

Polar Plunge Brings Record Turnout

It was a record year for Helping Hands and Hooves and its annual Christmas Day Polar Plunge. Co-director Julie Craig said on December 27 that the nonprofit organization that provides free therapeutic horseback riding lessons to adults with cognitive disabilities raised a whopping $6,100, a record amount according to Craig. The money goes towards the […] Read more »

Tinkhamtown Chapel Christmas

Kids at the Tinkhamtown Chapel Christmas Carol Sing on December 17 perform “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” as is the tradition at the little chapel in Mattapoisett during Christmastime. Photo by Jean Perry Read more »